Volleyball Blows Past Regionally-Ranked Babson 3-0

Volleyball Blows Past Regionally-Ranked Babson 3-0

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston Volleyball bounced back from their first loss in over a month with a 3-0 sweep of regionally-ranked Babson College Saturday morning.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 3, Babson College 0

(UMass Boston 13-2)

(Babson College 8-6)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Beacons held the Beavers to a -.074 hitting percentage and committed just three service errors en route to a sweep less than 16 hours after their match Friday night.

UMass Boston took control of the first and third set early and used a few mini-runs in the second set to down the Beavers 25-17, 25-16 and 25-10. In the third set with Babson leading 4-3, the Beacons won a side-out and proceeded to score 11 consecutive points on Melanie Fyda's (Park Ridge, Ill.) service. From there they cruised to their eighth 3-0 win of the year. 

Fyda finished the match with a career-high five aces on 19 serves and added two kills, three digs, one assist and one block solo.

Sophomore Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) paced the Beacons offensively with 12 kills, a .381 hitting percentage and six digs. Seniors Colleen Koen (Centerville, Mass.) and Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) tacked on seven and six kills respectively, while Sarah Doyle (Glendale, Calif.) added five kills and a team-high five blocks. 

Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) and Pepper Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.) combined for 27 assists, while libero Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) posted 16 digs. 

The Beavers were led by Jenny Karnes who posted seven of the team's 17 kills. Elizabeth Cameron had 15 assists and Abby Beecher registered a team-best seven digs.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston surpassed their 2015 win total with their 13th win in 15 matches.
  • The Beacons improved to 8-26 against the Beavers and earned their sixth win in the past seven meetings.
  • Murphy moved within eight kills of Corrine Porter ('13) for third in program history in career kills (1,075). She also needs just three total blocks to tie Molly Rattigan ('11) for second-place in program history (360).
  • UMass Boston improved to 6-0 on the season at home. They have dropped just three out of 21 sets at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
  • The Beacons improved to 4-1 on the season against New England regionally-ranked sides. 

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will take on their third regionally-ranked opponent in less than 24 hours, when they host Middlebury College at 3 p.m.